EN5IDER and TRAILSEEKER Article & Adventures
  • EN5IDER and TRAILSEEKER Articles & Adventures


    This is a list of the articles and adventures commissioned so far for EN5ider and TRAILseeker. If you're interested in writing or art for either, check out the submissions page. When we launch, each will have 3 articles and one adventure for free. They'll be the free samples which will show you why you should subscribe! Each publication will initially produce four items per month, including one system-neutral item and one adventure.




    ARTICLES
    Ryan Chaddock - Cherished Trinkets
    Eric Pierce - What I Learned from The Hobbit
    James Introcaso - Give Chase
    David Anderson - Mundane Equipment Quality
    Kiel Chenier - Those Who Crawl
    Carl Heyl - Writing Good Puzzles*
    Russ Morrissey - Tomes & Librams*

    ADVENTURES
    Paul Okesh - The Business of Emotion
    Jeffrey Quinn - Mistaken Identity



    ARTICLES
    Russ Morrissey - Archery Contests
    Jessie Staffer - Voludaemon
    Jonathan Palmer - Style feats to emulate HEMA styles
    Jonathan Palmer - Multiclassing feats
    Thomas Kyle - Dirty Trick
    Carl Heyl - Writing Good Puzzles*
    Russ Morrissey - Tomes & Librams*

    ADVENTURES
    Thiago Rosa - Red Fangs in a White Night
    Jonathan Garret - After Death

    *System neutral articles which appear on both publications.
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. rooneg's Avatar
      rooneg -
      Looks like a good lineup. How close are you to being ready to launch? Are you just waiting till you've got 3 articles and an adventure per publication, or do you want to have a backlog of articles already finished?
    1. jamesjhaeck's Avatar
      jamesjhaeck -
      We're building up a back catalog of material before we're ready to launch. EN5ider hopes to have at least two issues worth of material before we go live.
    1. TarionzCousin's Avatar
      TarionzCousin -
      Best of luck everyone. Given the high quality of much of the discourse on this site, I'm expecting great things from all of you!

      ... no pressure.
    1. Blackbrrd's Avatar
      Blackbrrd -
      The articles and adventures looked interesting. I still haven't quite gotten the pricing structure, but suspect it will be clearer when this goes live.

      I really hope this becomes succesful, so good luck!
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackbrrd View Post
      The articles and adventures looked interesting. I still haven't quite gotten the pricing structure, but suspect it will be clearer when this goes live.
      The pricing structure is "pay what you want". It's completely up to you. $1 per article? $1000 per article? Whatever you decide to pay!
    1. Chimpy's Avatar
      Chimpy -
      This looks really interesting- looking forward to reading the article about creating good puzzles, I often struggle with those.
    1. tsalla's Avatar
      tsalla -
      Sounds great. Could you please list what level characters the adventures support?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsalla View Post
      Sounds great. Could you please list what level characters the adventures support?
      We'll have full descriptions of all the articles very soon!
    1. TerraDave's Avatar
      TerraDave -
      Looks good. I am sure I will subscribe at some point.

      The issue is of course sustainability. Kobold Quarterly had a good run, but couldn't last. Gygax Magazine seems to have only done 4 issues. And those both had strong content and some buzz.

      And of course there was ENWorld's previous attempt at a game magazine...I still have my copy of the one issue somewhere.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by TerraDave View Post
      Looks good. I am sure I will subscribe at some point.

      The issue is of course sustainability. Kobold Quarterly had a good run, but couldn't last. Gygax Magazine seems to have only done 4 issues. And those both had strong content and some buzz.

      And of course there was ENWorld's previous attempt at a game magazine...I still have my copy of the one issue somewhere.
      They aren't print magazines. They're individual articles formatted to be downloaded, printed, and put in a binder.

      No way on earth would I attempt a print magazine!

      (though we had two previous magazines back in the early 2000s; one of them got to a whopping 4 issues!)
    1. Blackbrrd's Avatar
      Blackbrrd -
      Any chance you would do a simple layout optimized for screen reading in addition to the print layout? For instance epub? For me, having to print something is probably enough to stop me from buying. At least for the articles, it shouldn't be much work at all.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackbrrd View Post
      Any chance you would do a simple layout optimized for screen reading in addition to the print layout? For instance epub? For me, having to print something is probably enough to stop me from buying. At least for the articles, it shouldn't be much work at all.
      You can read the PDF on the screen, though the product concept is the binder approach. We might look into cost and time for other formats (we're all hands on deck right now as it is) and see if we can add them as Patreon milestones, but we'll launch first and see where we are and what the response is like. At first, though, I'm afraid it's definitely going to be just the PDFs. Sorry!
    1. Blackbrrd's Avatar
      Blackbrrd -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      You can read the PDF on the screen, though the product concept is the binder approach. We might look into cost and time for other formats (we're all hands on deck right now as it is) and see if we can add them as Patreon milestones, but we'll launch first and see where we are and what the response is like. At first, though, I'm afraid it's definitely going to be just the PDFs. Sorry!
      I'll probably buy some and read them on my surface 3 pro, but I really prefer reading on my smartphone, which I have with me everywhere. If the material is good enough, I will probably buy it anyway.

      Epub btw is really only html+css+images in a zip file. Pretty simple stuff, and the reader (for instance aldiko for android) can manipulate the css to give you smaller margins, 1-x column layout, change background/text colour and so on. It's probably not worth the effort for adventures where you often have tables and stuff like that that just won't fit nicely on a small screen, but it should be really trivial for articles.

      Btw, I really love this site, there is so much content here, especially the user content (through the nice, well moderated forum). I think if you can harness those same users to write a bit more "complete" articles it should be good.
    1. neuronphaser's Avatar
      neuronphaser -
      I noticed it said in the FAQ that you guys were looking produce some binders. Might I recommend Zazzle as a source of customizable products -- binders are one of many things they sell -- that you could possibly even add funny phrases or cool artwork too?

      http://www.zazzle.com/

      They are one of the partners I work with every day at my job, and they do some wonderful customization.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by neuronphaser View Post
      I noticed it said in the FAQ that you guys were looking produce some binders. Might I recommend Zazzle as a source of customizable products -- binders are one of many things they sell -- that you could possibly even add funny phrases or cool artwork too?

      http://www.zazzle.com/

      They are one of the partners I work with every day at my job, and they do some wonderful customization.
      I looked and couldn't find binders there! Do you have a direct link?
    1. rooneg's Avatar
      rooneg -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      I looked and couldn't find binders there! Do you have a direct link?
      I couldn't find them browsing around the site, but a Google search for "zazzle binder" revealed this: http://www.zazzle.com/binders
    1. neuronphaser's Avatar
      neuronphaser -
      That's it.

      I know they do some customized binders for Disney Store and Marvel Shop's websites, so that was why I pointed it out.

      A binder with wraparound artwork from War of the Burning Sky or something like that would probably be amazing.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      As far as I can tell, I'd have to order a bunch, store them, and then sell and ship them myself? That's some overhead I don't have the resources to do. I was hoping for something more like cafe press where they sell them on demand for you and pay royalties.
    1. Starfox's Avatar
      Starfox -
      Sorry iof this has been asked before, but what's the difference between EN5ider and Trailseeker?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Starfox View Post
      Sorry iof this has been asked before, but what's the difference between EN5ider and Trailseeker?
      The latter is for Pathfinder, the former has a big red 5 in the middle of it.
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